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Become an egg donor

Would you like to be an egg donor and help other women?

Being an egg donor means that you could help other women to fulfil their dreams of having children. Due to disorders such as cancer, early menopause, Turner’s syndrome or hereditary conditions, many women are unable to become pregnant with their own eggs.

There aren’t enough donor eggs in Denmark. Therefore, many women have to go abroad to get donor eggs.

Fortunately there are more and more women in this country now who feel that they can make a difference by becoming egg donors. The women who need donor eggs are extremely grateful for this gesture.

The law on egg donation

The law in Denmark does not allow payment to be made to women or egg donors for donating eggs. Therefore, we can only offer a symbolic sum of DKK 7,000 for the actual donation.

An egg donation can be anonymous or open. Known egg donation is also possible. That means that women are now able to receive an egg from a known egg donor. This could be a friend, a colleague or a family member (but with certain exceptions, e.g. mother/daughter).

To be an egg donor you should be between 18 and 35 years of age, be healthy and neither you nor a member of your family should have any hereditary disorders.

You can decide to change your mind about being an egg donor, but no later than the date of egg retrieval.

The egg donation process

Anyone who is considering becoming an egg donor will be invited to a non-binding discussion with the doctor, where you will receive detailed information about the ethical and legal aspects of egg donation. For example, you could choose to donate both anonymously or non-anonymously. The entire procedure will then be reviewed. If following the discussion you would still like to be an egg donor, you should complete the questionnaire about your state of health, hereditary disorders, etc. 

Blood tests for infectious disease will be taken, and genetic tests will be done for some hereditary disorders.

In a normal cycle, a women usually only produces one ripe egg per month than is capable of being fertilised.

Therefore, to facilitate egg donation you must have hormone stimulation so that more eggs are produced in your ovaries.

Before starting treatment, the doctor will do a vaginal scan (via the vagina) of your ovaries and womb. Youmust also sign a form regarding donation.

After this, a nurse will go through the plan with you and teach you how to administer the hormones and also answer any other questions you may have. You will be given prescriptions from the clinic. 

The hormone treatment

On day 2–3 of your cycle, i.e. the day after your period starts, you should start the medicine called FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone). This medicine may have different names, but they all do the same thing, i.e. they stimulate the production of several eggs. FSH is administered as an injection just under the skin of your stomach once a day. You can give the injection at about the same time every day (+/- an hour)—whatever suits you.

As agreed with the clinic, on day 7 of your cycle you should take another hormone, Orgalutran, that prevents you ovulating too early. This is also an injection, and it is best if you give this in the morning.

Check-up after 8–10 days

The next check-up takes place 8–10 days after starting treatment. We will do a scan to see if the hormone stimulation caused your ovaries to develop an adequate number of follicles. We may adjust the dose and arrange an appointment for another scan on one of the following days. Most women need 10–12 days’ stimulation before egg retrieval can be planned. You will always know two days before egg retrieval is due to take place.

Injection of the ovulating hormone

Egg retrieval will be planned when your eggs are ripe. As the egg donor, you will be informed when you should take the injection of the ovulating hormone. This injection should always be given in the afternoon, normally 34–37 hours before the planned egg retrieval

It is extremely important that you take the ovulating hormone injection at exactly the same time.

You must stop the Orgalutran the same day that you will be taking the ovulating hormone injection. If you have produced a lot of follicles, you could well have some abdominal pain from the ovulating hormone injection. You should drink a lot from the day that you take the ovulating hormone injection—ideally three litres of fluid daily.

It may be necessary to cancel treatment if:

  • The scan shows too few follicles
  • The scan shows too many follicles
  • You become ill with a high fever or similar

Example of a scan photo of the ovary after/during stimulation

The black areas are fluid-filled cavities or follicles that each contain a maximum of one egg, but there may also be empty follicles.

How does egg donation work?

1. Egg retrieval:

Before the egg retrieval procedure, it is a good idea to have a light breakfast without milk products.

Egg donors should turn up at the agreed time (normally between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.) and can expect to be in the clinic for about 1–2 hours.

If you are on you own, we encourage you to bring someone with you as you will not be able to drive due to the medicine we give you during the egg retrieval procedure as well as the medicine specified below.

2. Preparation:

Just before the egg retrieval procedure, the nurse will insert a small plastic needle (Venflon) into a blood vessel, and the doctor and a bioanalyst will check that your name and personal identification number match. The nurse will administer a painkiller while at the same time the doctor will apply local anaesthetic to the vaginal wall.

You will be slightly drowsy but conscious the whole time. Your pulse and blood pressure will be monitored throughout the procedure.

3. The actual egg retrieval:

During the actual egg retrieval, a thin needle is passed through the vagina under ultrasound guidance to the ovaries. The individual follicles are drained of fluid and the eggs are aspirated.

We try to empty all the follicles, and we will tell you immediately if we have found eggs. All follicles do not always contain eggs. Using a microscope, the bioanalyst will find eggs in the fluid that was aspirated. You may be able to follow what is happening during the procedure on the ultrasound screen.

If you have brought a companion, they are welcome to sit with your while the procedure is taking place.

The actual egg retrieval normally takes 10–20 minutes. Following the procedure, you can rest for about an hour in the clinic. We recommend that you take it easy at home for the rest of the day. You may experience mild vaginal bleeding over the next few days (like a light period). This bleeding is as a result of needle sticks in the vagina, not from your womb. You may also have pain, which can be relieved with Pinex. You must have someone to bring you home, as you must not drive for the next 24 hours and ideally you should not be on your own for the rest of the day. You may have slight discomfort for up to a week after the procedure.

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Complications during egg retrieval

If you experience heavy bleeding, a lot of pain or fever following egg retrieval, you should ring and ask to speak to a nurse or doctor.

You will be contacted by a member of our egg donation team after the donation to talk about your experience and whether you would like to donate again.

How often must I donate eggs?

If you have donated eggs once and would like to do so again, that is possible. There should be a break of at least one month in between. All egg donors must donate six times, and it is only possible to donate your eggs at one clinic at a time. If you have previously donated eggs at another clinic, you may later want to be a donor at another clinic. 

Being an egg donor is voluntary

It is important to state that when you choose to be an egg donor, you can change your mind about this at any time. This can even be the day on which you should have eggs retrieved. If you change your mind following egg retrieval, then the eggs will be destroyed. However, we would like to know this, at the latest, on the day of the procedure.

The symbolic sum that you are given for your egg donation will be put into your account on the day of the egg retrieval procedure.

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